Elements Of Critical Thinking

Course Information
TitleΣτοιχεία κριτικής επιχειρηματολογίας / Elements Of Critical Thinking
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorFilimon Peonidis
Course ID280009478

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 74
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory courses beloging to the selected specialisationWinter/Spring-6
PhilosophyCompulsory courses beloging to the selected specialisationWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
Course Type 2011-2015
General Foundation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΑΤ001 Néo Apló Máthīma
Learning Outcomes
Students should be able to recognize and assess various types of arguments.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course aims at introducing students to informal logic, namely to the analysis and assessment of arguments expressed in a natural language. Among the topics discussed are: the identification and reconstruction of arguments, the distinction between inductive and deductive arguments, validity and soundness, definitions, fallacies and forms of philosophical argumentation. In addition, great emphasis is placed on debunking the widespread but logically spurious thinking underlying conspiracy theories and certain forms of pseudo-science. Due to the nature of this course students will be asked to take various tests apart from the final exam.
Inductive arguments, deductive arguments, evaluation of arguments, fallacies
Educational Material Types
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Audiovisual material
Course Organization
Laboratory Work401.6
Student Assessment
Students are evaluated on their ability to solve problems in informal logic.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Written Exam with Problem Solving (Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Φιλήμων Παιονίδης, Στοιχεία κριτικής επιχειρηματολογίας (Θεσσαλονίκη: Ζήτη, 2016)
Additional bibliography for study
Φιλήμων Παιονίδης, Οι Δώδεκα Ένορκοι του Reginald Rose: Ένα θεατρικό έργο ως πύλη εισόδου στην κριτική επιχειρηματολογία Φίλιππος Καργόπουλος, Εισαγωγή στη συμβολική λογική (Θεσσαλονίκη: Βάνιας, 2007)
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